Dr. Lars A. Johnson, DDS
Dr. Johnson was born and raised in Schaumburg where he attended Schaumburg High School. During that time, you may have seen him performing in the show on horseback at Medieval Times. He graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin studying biology and chemistry. He then earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Dr. Johnson was honored with the “International College of Dentists Award” in recognition of a student who demonstrated the most dedication and commitment to dentistry.
Dr. Johnson has been practicing in the Chicago suburbs for over ten years, and became the owner of Forest Edge Dental in 2011. He continues his commitment to dentistry by regularly attending courses to stay current with the latest advances in the field. “As a dentist, it is my responsibility to inform and educate every patient about all their treatment options. Everyone is unique and has different dental needs. I take pride in being a gentle, meticulous dentist. It is my goal for our patients to be surprised at how comfortable modern dentistry can be.” He is an active member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and Chicago Dental Society.
Dr. Johnson loves spending time with his wife Melissa and their Bernese Mountain Dog named Dyna. He enjoys being outdoors while snowboarding and boating, playing ice hockey, traveling, and exercising.
Dr. Marcos A. Montoya, DDS
Dr. Montoya is a proud, new addition to the Forest Edge Dental family. He and his fiancé have recently moved back to the northwest suburbs and are enjoying the area. Dr. Montoya was originally raised in Glenview where he attended Loyola Academy High School. At his high school, he was drawn to the sciences and played hockey competitively as a goaltender for the school’s team. His passion for medicine and science ultimately motivated him to graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a biology degree. He later graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 2012. During his later years at the college, Dr. Montoya was honored with a student teacher position, where he served with great value to help implement UIC’s new dental curriculum. He is an avid student of life, but he also enjoys sharing his knowledge with others especially his patients.
Dr. Montoya has been practicing in Chicago since 2012 with his aunt who is also a dentist. “My aunt has been such an invaluable mentor and source of knowledge throughout my career.” Dr. Montoya is a dynamic dentist, always up-to-date with the latest dental research and technology that help improve the lives of our patients. “I really enjoy building rapport with each patient individually. Every person is unique in there own way and must be cared for properly”. Dr. Montoya is a member of the Chicago Dental Society and the American Dental Association.
Dr. Montoya’s true joy is traveling with his fiancé and exploring new places. Just this past year, they spent a week traveling through Bogotá and Cartagena, Colombia. He also enjoys doing CrossFit at his brother’s gym, and loves watching his older brother play in the National Hockey League as a goalie for the Florida Panthers.
Dr. Robert J. Morrissey, DDS
Dr. Morrissey took a little different route to us, coming to us from North Carolina where he has been practicing for the last few years. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Morrissey attended DeSmet Jesuit High School where he played water polo for 4 years and swam back stroke and freestyle for the school’s state team. He then moved across the state to the University of Missouri-Kansas City where obtained his BA in chemistry in 2013. From there he moved up the street to the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry graduating in 2017 with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS).
Dr. Morrissey worked one summer in private practice to allow for processing to active duty after receiving the Navy’s competitive HPSP Scholarship. He then spent the next 5 weeks in Naval Officer Development School in Newport, Road Island, learning what it means to serve among our nation’s finest. After graduation from ODS, Lieutenant Morrissey was given the opportunity to serve the marines of the 2 nd MLG at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as an officer in the 2 nd Dental Battalion where he earned a Navy Achievement Medal for his unique innovations at the French Creek Dental Clinic that lead to a 40% increase in marine readiness at Camp Lejeune’s largest dental clinic. Dr. Morrissey is now humbled and honored to be stationed at the Navy’s only recruit training camp where he gets to serve young recruits as they become highly skilled Sailors in the world’s largest and most effective naval force at the RTC Great Lakes boot camp.
You’ll have to forgive Dr. Morrissey as he tells us that his only hobby is cheering on his St. Louis Cardinals. More importantly though, Dr. Morrissey enjoys time with his wife and three sons, including a new born this August 2019!! Dr. Morrissey is excited to be a part of our team here at Forest Edge Dental and looks forward to exploring what Chicago has to offer!